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Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Review: Kitty’s Countryside Dream by Christie Barlow

I’d heard loads of great things about Kitty’s Countryside Dream, and was all ready to settle down to a really light, warm-hearted chick-lit extravaganza. Well, guys, I have to tell you that you’re in for an awful lot more than that.

Kitty inherits a small flat and Bluebell Lodge, a chicken farm, from her grandmother. A grandmother she never knew she had. As Kitty arrives, determined to make a fresh start for herself in this strange and completely unexpected new life, we are treated to a comedy of errors, and the stage seems set for a gentle, amusing romp of a grieving young heroine finding herself and healing the hurts she’s recently experienced.

But then – as you reach about a third of the way through, Kitty discovers a diary. As the narration splits between Kitty and the historical diary entries, the tension ramps things up into a complex, moving family mystery/saga that spans decades.

My one niggle with this book is that I found the first few chapters a little slow and it wasn’t really until the diary is discovered that I found myself gripped by the story – but from then onwards, it was a compelling read that I found myself desperate to get to the end of to find out how it all fitted together. And it really does have a fantastic ending.

In all, a great read, but with a dual personality. 

The Blurb:

New home. New life. New beginning. Love affairs can blossom in the most unlikely places . . .

When Kitty inherits Bluebell Lodge from her grandmother, a farm in the beautiful Staffordshire countryside, it’s time for fresh air and a fresh start. Up to her elbows in chickens and ponies, Kitty soon realises there’s an awful lot to learn about farming. Still, at least the locals seem friendly, not least her handsome neighbour Tom…

But just as Kitty is beginning to find her feet, and the possibility of love, the discovery of a long-hidden diary, by a mysterious character called Violet changes everything. Who is Violet and what is her message for Kitty? As Kitty fills in the lost pieces of her family jigsaw and discovers some shocking revelations, will her countryside dream and blossoming relationship fall to pieces? When it comes to life in the country, nothing is ever quite as it seems … 

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